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  1. There are now 219 ACTIVE Earthcaches in South Africa (soon o be 221 with 2 new ones submitted today).


    Keep up the great work guys.


    Would be excellent to see how these have increased over the past 10 years!


    Eventually broke the 100 barrier this past holiday (but still have to log...) and still I'm <50% huh.gif Some nice new ECs in the PE area. Thanks!

  2. a. Regarding the 2010 peak;


    Reasons are bound to be multi-layered & agree with Matt's points. Combine also with "developer saturation" - I guess initial developers were mostly geologists who also ran out of new ideas/energy and now we have more amateur developers like me who take ages to develop each one. In my experience the new criteria improved the average quality EC.


    It's just the reality of it - that the majority of geocachers don't judge an earthcache on earthcachey criteria.


  3. Most isolated caches in South Africa:


    The distances are to the next nearest cache:

    1.  GC1V1G4 - Springbokpan, Northern Cape                   	138.48 km
    2.  GC4JA4A - Kalahari Sands, Northern Cape                 	133.49 km
    3.  GC1DGTW - Tonteldoos XVIII - Hanover Foxhole, Northern Cape  61.03 km
    4.  GC3QJ0H - Carnarvon se Blikkantien, Northern Cape            60.88 km
    5.  GC19AR7 - Wild animals, Northern Cape                        60.08 km
    6.  GC2RNBH - Modern Art Projects South-Africa, Northern Cape    56.33 km
    7.  GC2B1EJ - Nossob River, Northern Cape                        49.59 km
    7.  GC4J773 - Calcrete of the Kalahari, Northern Cape            49.59 km
    9.  GC2GPD7 - Battle of Doornkraal, Free State               	48.56 km
    10. GC20F0J - Lebombo's Rhyolite, Mpumalanga                 	45.12 km


    The toughest challenge in South Africa!

    Who has found most of them? Will it be the iCachers from the Eastern Cape or not...?

  4. Fascinating - thanks Danie! The interesting interpretations of favourite point stats is great and underlines its complex nature. E.g. the likelihood of a favourite point for a large cache of course also indirectly says something about where it's placed - something along the line of "caches aren't great because they are large, they are large because they are great"...

  5. The effect of Difficulty and Terrain:


    The following graph shows the average number of finds per Difficulty/Terrain rating, for active South African caches:



    This clearly shows a linear correlation - the higher the Difficulty (or Terrain), the fewer the finds.


    This is an interesting stat! Shows that there's almost no difference between a specific difficulty and terrain rating, i.o.w. our interpretation of the relative "toughness" of a cache doesn't differ for these two parameters, which is great. Also show that on average CO's rating are on par.

    Might of course also just reflect superficial choice based on the rating...


  6. Trevor, I've been caching with only a smartphone (first BB and now a S4) for the past 3 years for all the reasons you've mentioned above plus the fact that I don't like carrying many things around especially when travelling. The battery life can't compare to a GPS but one adapts to that, e.g. always have a charger available and only navigate when really necessary. But I must also admit that I very seldomly do more than only a hand full of caches in any given day...

    Have you considered just buying an additional battery for your phone?

  7. Difficulty per province:

    Terrain per province:


    (Sorry, the scale should be 1, 1.5, ... 5, and not 1, 2, ... 9)


    NICE - thanks! smile.gif Terrain seems to make general geographic sense.


    How long do you think it takes for 50% of all the active caches in South Africa to be found?


    In my case it's an irrational number as my find rate is probably < growth rate... blink.gif


    Top African countries, all time:


    Top African countries, last year:



    Except for SA this clearly aligns with tourism. Something people (C&J...) who might be looking for sponsorships should keep in mind... (not that GC is the main reason why tourists will choose a particular destination).


    Danie, soos altyd - baie dankie vir die interessante blik op caching!

  9. getting the family out into the open air and trying to challenge a youngsters mind.


    That's one of the reasons why we're still going after 5 years.

  10. Most of the oldest 100 active South African caches found:

    1.  iPajero:            	56
    2.  cownchicken:    	52
    3.  Tricky Vicky & Mickey:  44
    4.  battlerat and pussycat: 38
    5.  Discombob:            	37
    6.  AndyT1:            	36
    6.  paddawan:            	36
    8.  Larks:            	34
    9.  Stefanoodle:    	32
    9.  The Huskies:    	32
    9.  Zambesiboy:            	32


    Would you be able to list these 100 for us please? I like the idea of supporting the oldest caches in the country.



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